James Fowler

ILAR Faculty Research Associate

James Fowler is a professor of political science and medicine at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003. Fowler's research interests include social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, the evolution of cooperation and the genetic basis of political behavior.

He has published more than 40 articles in a range of multidisciplinary and social science journals, including Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, Journal of Politics, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the American Journal of Political Science.

His research has been covered in more than 2,000 media outlets worldwide. With co-author Nicholas Christakis, he has written a book on social networks for a general audience called “Connected”. Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, “Connected” has been translated into 20 languages.

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